Howard Castle

Howard Castle


Location: 15 miles (24 km) North of York  Map

Tel. 01653 648444
House: Open: Mar- Oct: 11am- 4pm daily
Grounds: 10am- 4:30pm daily
Entrance Fee: House: adults £9.50, senior/ student £8.50, children £6.50
Grounds: adult £6.50, children £4.50


Description of Howard Castle

Located in North Yorkshire, England, about 25 miles north of the city of York, Castle Howard is now often cited as the first truly Baroque building to be built in England. It is also considered to be the building whose style most closely resembles the baroque style of mainland Europe.

The 3rd Earl of Carlisle commissioned his friend, the then inexperienced architect John Vanbrugh, to build the building, with Nicholas Hawksmoor, a former employee of Christopher Wren, largely supervising the construction.

The building design was created from 1699 and was completed by 1712, the west wing was completed in 1759.

Castle Howard was a building unlike any other in England at the time it was built. The facades and roofs, decorated with columns, statues and flowing ornaments, made this Baroque building an instant success in England, which was followed by many similar buildings. As early as 1709 most parts of Castle Howard could be obtained; the final work, however, dragged through Vanbrugh's entire life. Also here is Vanbrugh's final work, the Temple of Winds. Work on the west wing was not completed until after Vanbrugh's death.

Castle Howard is now part of the Treasure Houses of England consortium. In 2019 Castle Howard was visited by around 269,000 people.


Castle Howard as a film location

Castle Howard was the location of the feature film Barry Lyndon and the TV and cinema productions of Brideshead Revisited. It features as the fictional Carlyle Castle in the film Garfield 2. Castle Howard was also used as an important filming location in the television series Bridgerton.

Castle Howard's interiors portrayed those of Kensington Palace in the television series Victoria.